"And, although Montverde Academy's The Tower had received the Special Merit Award from ASP numerous times in the past, most recently with fall's 2011 issue, the 2012 recognition was the first time we've been awarded the Most Outstanding High School General Magazine award," remarked Headmaster Casey Kesselring.
Ginny Holm, MVA Director of Publications and Art Director for The Tower, was very pleased with the distinctive national high-school publication award saying that "We were very excited to receive this award. It is always nice to see when the Montverde Academy community pull-together to create a publication of this caliber of quality. First place recognition has been great, but the most outstanding distinction is really amazing."
The award was based on a scored-point system, and all school-publications under review were evaluated, then considered for a 1st-3rd place award classification. Publications with outstanding design and content are, traditionally, most likely to receive first place with special merit.
Judges for the award were nationwide high-school educators and faculty advisers with periodical critique experience and knowledge of scholastic publications and their respective budgets. Holm is currently preparing and editing the publication, lay-out, and design of the next Tower magazine expected to be released later this spring.